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Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5: An Interview with Incident Commander Dave Leitch

Monday, Aug. 31, saw the turnover of Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 5 (WAIIMT5) to Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (SCIIMT3). WAIIMT5 had been managing the Cougar Creek Fire since Aug. 12. A lightning strike on Aug. 10 sparked the fire.

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2015 General Election will feature Klickitat County’s second three-way runoff

A number of candidates stepped forward to file for vacant non-partisan offices during Klickitat County’s special 3-day filing period Aug. 5-7, including three who filed for Lyle School Board Position No. 1.

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Logging industry shut down due to wildfire danger

The state Department of Natural Resources shut down Klickitat County’s logging industry last Wednesday, Aug. 19, in response to the extreme wildfire conditions that exist throughout the county.

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WS considering other water supply sources after grant request rejection

White Salmon administrators are regrouping after a federal agency turned down its request for a $500,000 grant to help cover the cost of restoring Jewett Springs as a supply source for the city’s sprawling regional water system.

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School district concerned about county road project’s impact on school traffic

White Salmon Valley School District officials are concerned about the impacts Klickitat County’s Snowden-Loop Roads intersection project that’s scheduled to start next Monday, Aug. 31, the day before local schools open for the 2015-16 school year.

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No parking in Bingen along SR 14 from 8 p.m. on Aug. 31 to morning of Sept. 1

State Route 14 through Bingen will be closed to on-street parking starting at 8 p.m. next Monday, Aug. 31, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, due to highway paving.

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Crews making steady progress on Cougar Creek Fire

At roughly 22,600 acres, the 10-day-old Cougar Creek Fire burning six miles northwest of Glenwood, in southwestern Yakima County, is now the sixth-largest active wildfire going in the state.

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SR 14 paving and chip sealing coming to Bingen and beyond

Following is an update of planned road work in the Bingen area, from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Columbia Gorge Office: State Route 14, 6th Street to Bingen Paving and Chip Sealing — mileposts: 63.45 to 67.10.

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Firefighters hope for drop in human-caused fires

Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are stretched thin across the state, according to wildfire experts at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

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KPUD restructuring its debt, offering to reissue $80.3 million in bonds

PUD No. 1 of Klickitat County (KPUD) planned to restructure $80.3 million in bonded indebtedness this week through the issuance of electric system revenue and refunding bonds on Wall Street.

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Firefighters contain Hwy. 8 Fire on Monday; cause unknown

At approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, a fast moving grass fire was reported in the area of State Route 14 and Old Highway 8 in southeast Klickitat County. The fire quickly grew spreading east towards the town of Roosevelt. As of 5 p.m. the fire had burned between mile marker 127 and 130 on SR 14.

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Officers take dive training

Every year, the Skamania County Sheriff’s office dive team responds to numerous vehicles submerged in water. The vehicles end up underwater from collisions, stolen vehicles, insurance frauds, and persons intentionally trying to conceal various crime scenes.

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WS not calling for more conservation after water line break

A water emergency declared Sunday morning by White Salmon Mayor David Poucher was lifted at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Spontaneous combustion blamed for bark pile fire at SDS complex

A watchman making rounds on the SDS Lumber Company complex Sunday night detected a fire in a bark pile at around 11:30 and called it in for an agency response.

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Prescribed fires planned for east end of the Gorge

When conditions allow, fire managers at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will implement prescribed fires for hazardous fuels reduction and habitat restoration.

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